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Options to a Wood Burning Fireplace – gas or electric?

Chateau-du-Grand-Luce-via-Quintessence - fireplace wood burning

Burr, the nights are starting to get a chill in the air and we’re starting to think about that first Fall fire and how mesmerizing the dancing flames can be. I love the smell of a wood burning fire, but there are other options you may want to consider. If chopping wood, or purchasing a…

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Cooking with the Parisians

I recently had a wonderful opportunity to take a hands on cooking class in Paris. What a wonderful way to immerse yourself into their food and culture! My design inspiration comes from so many different area’s, and this was just one more. A full days outing. First the small group of 8 met and was…

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Fun Ways to Utilize Your Unfinished Basement

Recently a client asked me to create a fun space that the entire family could enjoy. They wanted a room designed that would allow members of the family, both young and adult to enjoy their own activities, but within a short range of one another. See how the room unfolded – Large surround sound TV…

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Stairs – The Forgotten Accessory

Stairs are perhaps the least thought about when furnishing a home. They can be thought of as a kind of accessory in your home. The stairs are one of the key elements that pull an entire home together. How you decide to “dress” them becomes a statement about the design style of where those stairs…

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Designer Resource – Butter Soft Leathers

Have you ever run your hand along a super soft leather sofa or bench and wondered where did they get that fab leather? Let me share with you a “Designer Secret Resource”. I’ve recently purchased a Holly Hunt bench for a client with a sculptured cast bronze metal base, the perfect balance of form &…

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Canyon Ranch – Rejuvenation

  The perfect place if you simply want to relax, enjoy the natural beauty around the property, quite time alone, get fit and eat well. This vacation will restore your zest for life.     There are so many divergent activities with massages, facials & body scrubs for those who just want to be pampered,…

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4 Steps to Dressing Your Home in its Holiday Best

It’s that time of year – there is a nip in the air and the holidays are right around the corner. And what does that mean? Entertaining, of course! So make sure your home is dressed in its Holiday Best! A year has passed – have you made any of those changes that you wanted…

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Are you ready for the next Superstorm like Sandy?

I don’t know about you, but when we had the first major loss of electricity back in October 2011 for over a week, I decided this will never happen again. It’s just an anomaly. It never snows in October! Briefly, I checked into getting a generator, but decided the electrical companies and towns had certainly…

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5 Keys To Surviving A Home Remodeling Project

The idea of remodeling can be very appealing when you are considering an update or change to the functionality of your space. Now is the perfect time to reflect on your home and on the updates you want to consider. Maybe last year you had ample space for entertaining, but lacked a room to host…

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The #1 Task People Fear

They say that the #1 thing people are afraid of is public speaking. But as an Interior Designer, I’d like to add – choosing a paint color. A dreaded task – what to paint the room, the adjacent room, the entire house. An overwhelming process. When in doubt, there’s always “Linen White”- an acceptable neutral…

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